A Boeing 727 is the last thing you’d expect to see nestled in a clearing in a forest in Oregon. Finding an airplane in the middle of the woods is not always because of a plane crash. First publihed on 5 July 2003, Campbell turned an airplane into his home and the inside looks pretty special. Bruce Campell, a 64-year-old retired electrical engineer has always had a very creative vision. He took an old airplane and a big piece of land and turned it into the most unique home on earth. He believes that airplanes can have so much potential to be used even after they have retired. He used his imagination, an old airplane and a good piece of land to create the unique home on Earth.

Campbell has challenged the stereotypical American home and decided on a more exciting approach. ruce Campbell decided to take on the challenge to turn this plane into a home because he was drawn by its iconic structure. Nestled in the deep woods outside of Portland lies a three engine commercial airplane home, housed by a dreamer and an engineer. Campbell believes retired airplanes can be used as affordable housing and as airtight, floating shelters after tidal waves have washed out homes.


This retired boeing 727 converted into a home in the woods was the Campbell’s dreams . To transport the plane, they had to take its wings off. Once the plane reached its destination, he installed the wings again.

Wait until you see the inside! Keep reading below.

The coolest trick may be the transparent floor

Campbell’s airplane home is every child’s dream, with tons of crawling space and places to climb. To enter the Bruce Campbell’s Boeing home, they need to use the airplane’s original fold-down stairwell. At 1,066 interior square feet, the space is cozy but not cramped by any means – when it’s setup as a large studio it feels plenty big.
The coolest trick may be the transparent floor. The original was torn out and replaced with translucent panels, allowing visitors to see the super structure’s ribs and controlling cables running from the cockpit to the wings and tail. There is a shoe rack with many pairs of slippers for visitors. He prefers people to wear socks and slippers inside the aircraft to keep it clean. He only wears slippers and socks to move inside his house. It’s like a kid’s playground that you can live in. Campbell wanted to live a cost-effective life and paid attention to the most vital component of his aircraft: space.

Original bathrooms back online

He also got one of the original bathrooms back online, but only has a temporary shower for now.

I’d prefer to avoid any new PVC water pipe due to the fact that most of it is evidently manufactured using a lead based catalyst, which I’ve read leaves some lead in the polymer. I recognize that the levels are quite low, but polyethylene is extremely clean, and seems to me the much better option from a toxics standpoint, and has no disadvantages that I can see, except that it’s not as readily available as PVC. But my intent is to be patient and try to find some 1″ or 1.25″ polyethylene pipe for the new underground water line rather than use the PVC I already have. All the aircraft’s new internal water pipe will be polyethylene, and I’ll replace any soft PVC as quickly as I can locate them, and in any case before drinking from them, to avoid consumption of phthalates which are an inherent component of soft PVCs, and do leach out.

The plane has plenty of space, but Bruce is living a modest lifestyle inside the plane. He sleeps on a futon, cooks with a microwave and toaster. He mainly eats cereal and canned food and constructs lots of makeshift equipment. The aircraft also has two working toilets, however, the coolest part is its shower. It is built near the tail of the plane.

Campbell’s dreams were far-reaching, verging on the impossible, but that didn’t stop him from completing his dream home at 65 years young. He was in love with the way the trick doors were placed, and enjoyed the spinning knobs and multiple hatches in his plane. These unique additions made him extremely happy to live in his home.

He bought the plane with all the parts in tip-top shape and the thought of him operating the aircraft hadn’t come to mind. Despite the aircraft being completely stationary, he made the most out of its parts and utilized it for his own joy, as well as the joy of Portland’s buzzing community.


He bought his plane in 1999 for $100,000, then spent another $120,000 moving it from the Hillsboro airport and setting it up on his undeveloped property.

Duplicate project again in Japan with a Boeing 747

Campbell is also planning to duplicate his project again in Japan with a Boeing 747. He plans to purchase a retired 747 and built another home in Japan. He believes that his life’s purpose is to make a difference in the world for humanity and the environment. The thought about recycling planes gets him all excited. He said, “My goal is to change humanity’s behavior in this little niche.” He is happy to let curious onlookers and tourists stop by and check out his abode. He also arranges several events all over the year. He organized a concert on the wing of his plane on the grassy area as well.